Bee an Arts Champion


2020 honoree, Peggy Shivers

The Bee an Arts Champion Award, presented by the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, honors the legacy of Bee Vradenburg by recognizing individuals who have demonstrated sustained, passionate and innovative leadership toward advancing the arts in the Pikes Peak region. The award includes an honorary grant to an organization of the recipient’s choice.

Peggy Shivers has left an indelible mark on our community and she’s not done yet. Alongside her late husband Clarence, Peggy created the Shivers Fund at the Pikes Peak Library District. The fund brings community together in celebration of history, culture, and the arts by showcasing professional African American artists, expanding library materials and offerings, and providing scholarships for young people of color to study visual and performing arts. The Shivers Fund is a model for all that one can accomplish with a great idea, a lot of legwork, and years of perseverance. Peggy’s commitment to – and scholarships for – aspiring artists have launched many successful careers across the country. Put simply, Peggy is a community treasure!

Past Winners

  • 2020

    Peggy Shivers

  • 2019

    Brett Andrus and Lauren Ciborowski

  • 2018

    Sharon Friedman

  • 2017

    Sally Hybl
    Murray and Betty Ross
    Pam Shockley Zalabak

  • 2016

    Gary Nicholson

  • 2015

    Jan Martin

  • 2014

    Lawrence Leighton Smith
    Daisy McGowan

  • 2013

    Ed and Mary Osborne

  • 2012

    Steve Wood

  • 2011

    Jan Johnson

  • 2010

    Jim Jackson
    Birgitta De Pree

  • 2009

    Thomas Wilson

  • 2008

    David Siegel

  • 2007

    Matt Mayberry

  • 2006

    Henry Tippie